Scholars reported making connections with practitioners both in their own field of study and across disciplines, in their home institutions and in universities and organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Scholars interacted with a wide range of people from other students to high-ranking faculty members to new media artists and government officials.
2. Collaborative Communities
Scholars particularly noted that HASTAC exposed them to new approaches and possibilities for collaborative projects. Some of them collaborated in events offline and locally (mentioned in the section above), but many also found interesting possibilities for collaboration with people in disparate locations on forum discussions, conference presentations, and other projects.
Some Scholars used HASTAC as a research tool, posing questions to the HASTAC network and receiving thoughtful feedback from people they had never met. Other Scholars reported that the ideas they began to develop via forum and blog posts on HASTAC have now turned into fully realized (and funded!) projects.
4. Learning how to communicate your work
Scholars reported learning to communicate their work more succinctly, and in particular, growing more comfortable sharing their ideas with a wide audience. Many scholars also have learned the benefit of making their scholarship facing a larger public audience.
5. Developing Pedagogy
Scholars reported that HASTAC forum discussions and blogs provided useful ideas for implementing new techniques and introducing new technologies into the classroom. Advanced graduate Scholars reported that the discussions held on HASTAC about participatory learning and using blogs, wikis, social media, digital storytelling and electronic portfolios in the classroom helped them to develop their teaching statements and sample syllabi for the job market.
6. Learning how to be interdisciplinary and participate in larger conversations
HASTAC discussions throughout the year exposed Scholars to work both in and outside of their disciplines, and to some of the essential debates currently happening within academia about proposed changes in publishing and the tenure system.
7. Learning about conferences and network
Through being part of the network, Scholars have also learned about conferences they didn’t know about before. They have also been offered and been able to create collaborations across disciplinary and institutional boundaries, in creating panels and discussions that have come to fruition at nation-wide conferences, such as the American Studies Association, the Modern Language Association, and the American Sociological Association.
8. Learning about authors and theories
Sometimes, when situated in more traditional institutions, some doctoral students and master’s students have found that they are exposed to a certain set of authors and theories. The Scholars program helps exposing our members to many new authors and theories that they may otherwise not have heard about.
9. Increased Marketability
Scholars reported that their HASTAC experience was beneficial to their experience on the job/post-doc market in several ways. In addition to helping develop their teaching materials and providing an honor on their CV, Scholars reported talking about their HASTAC experience during job interviews as a way of demonstrating their engagement with the digital humanities and featuring their networking skills.
HASTAC has proven to be an opportunity for Scholars to think about their scholarship and their time as advanced doctoral and master’s students as something exciting and fun. The network provides a support structure that some Scholars can’t find in their home institutions. The connections made can become long-lasting mutual mentorships.
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